Recipes – Holiday Food – Nov/Dec 10
Dear Mykidstime parents,
At no time of year does food have a more central role than Christmastime. What could be better than a house filled with the scent of hot mulled wine and mince pies baking in the oven? These three recipes are not only tried and tested hits in our families, but since we also need to cook the traditional big Christmas dinner with two young children underfoot, we’ve chosen easy versions of old favourites.
Once you brine a turkey, you’ll never cook it another way again. Much like a marinade can flavour meat with hardly any effort required on your part, the same could be said of a brine. Brining also makes it much harder to dry out the meat, which is a common complaint with turkey. This recipe for cider-brined turkey with a maple chilli glaze only uses the crown, which we find makes it much easier and less time consuming to cook.
Christmas is not the time to be counting calories, and even though these mashed potatoes with crème fraîche are just as easy to prepare as regular mashed potatoes, they have a touch of decadence as a side dish for the holidays and as a change from the everyday. And speaking of calories, what holiday dinner would be complete without dessert? As traditional as Christmas pudding is, a lot of people don’t actually care for it all that much. You can still make a place for it on your table though with this modern twist on an old classic – Christmas pudding ice cream.
We hope you and your families enjoy these recipes as much as we do and that they might even make a regular appearance on your Christmas menus. Happy holidays!
From our kitchens to yours,
Kelly & Kristin
You can find these recipes and more family favourites on our blog, www.dinnerdujour.org.